Gender Studies Programme - Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Gender Studies

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary programme with a unifying focus on gender as a theoretical perspective or as a subject of analysis. It allows students to bring together different disciplinary and methodological approaches for the advancement of gender studies.

Commenced in 1998, the M.Phil. Programme in Gender Studies at CUHK is Hong Kong's first graduate programme in gender studies. The programme emphasizes both theoretical knowledge and research skills.

Pamphlet of MPhil in Gender Studies


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Supervision and Subject Discipline

    Students of MPhil in Gender Studies are usually supervised by a professorial grade teacher of a subject discipline from a respective department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Subject disciplines include but are not limited to the followings: Anthropology, Chinese Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural Studies, Educational Administration and Policy, English, Fine Arts, Government and Public Administration, History, Japanese Studies, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Work and Translation. A list of our current students and graduates' supervisor can be found here for reference. For a list of departments at our university, please visit our University's website.

    The name of the subject discipline will be shown on the graduation transcripts, in the form of "M.Phil. in Gender Studies (subject discipline)" (a sample can be downloaded here). While on the graduation certificates, only the name of "Gender Studies" will be shown.

Who should apply?

Applicants may come from a variety of backgrounds. A Bachelor's degree in gender studies is not required.

Period of study

Full-time: normative period: 2 years; maximum period: 4 years;

Part-time: normative period: 3 years; maximum period: 5 years

Tuition Fee

HK$42,100 per annum (tentative)

For local full-time RPg students, please refer to the Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Studentsuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Students for details.

Financial Assistance

Postgraduate Studentships (PGS) are available for full-time M.Phil. students. Students need not make a separate application for obtaining the PGS. The stipends are in return for students' assistance in the teaching and research work, which is approximately 12 hours a week. The provisional monthly stipend is HK$17,330 in 2019-20.

While in receipt of the PGS award, a student must not undertake other engagement or employment, full-time or part-time, unless with permission of the University.


For Gender Studies's courses, lectures are usually in English. While for discussion and students' presentation, students can use the language they feel most comfortable with, as long as the lecturers concerned understand that language. Meanwhile, most courses use English reading materials.

Coursework Requirements

Required Course of the Gender Studies Programme (9 credit units)

Gender Studies: Theory

Gender Studies: Methodology

Advanced Topics in Gender Studies I

Advanced Topics in Gender Studies II

Course Requirements of the Subject Disciplines

Course requirements vary among different subject departments. The requirements may be adjusted at the discretion of the assigned subject departments. Subject disciplines' course requirements can be found at the Students are required to publish their research findings and complete their theses in order to fulfill graduation requirement.

The study scheme of 2019-20 is available for your reference.

For a brief description of the courses, please see here.


Full-time M.Phil. students are eligible to apply for on-campus residence. Information can be found here.

Admission Requirements

All students should fulfill the requirements prescribed below before they are admitted:


  • Graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or

  • Graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" in undergraduate courses; or

  • Completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree.


  1. possess a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
    • Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination. (AS Level);
    • Hong Kong Higher Level Examination;
    • CUHK Matriculation Examination;
    • General Certificate of Education A-Level / AS-Level; or
  2. have a degree from a university in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; or
  3. achieve the specified scores in the following tests:
    • TOEFL* (550 Paper-based; 213 computer-based; and 79 internet-based);
    • IELTS* (Academic) (Band 6.5);
    • GMAT (Verbal) (Band 21); or
      (*TOEFL and IELTS are considered valid for two years from the test date; GMAT is considered valid for five years from the test date.)
  4. have obtained a recognized professional qualification awarded in Hong Kong or an English speaking country; or
  5. may be exceptionally admitted upon full justification.

Application Method


For Mphil in Gender Studies

Please apply online by following the instructions of how to apply at the following link:

***IMPORTANT for applicants of Mphil in Gender Studies***

1. Please indicate your intended subject discipline at the “Field of study (Optional)” on the application form.

2. After completing your online application, please remember to send the following materials to the Gender Studies Programme:

  • your supporting documents (for details please refer to the webpage of  "documents required" )
  • A research proposal

The quality of the research proposal is crucial to the success of an application. The purpose of the proposal is to briefly describe to the Admission Panel the research project the applicants wish to pursue. A brief description of the intended research topic, objectives, and methods should be presented; The proposal should include the following items:

  • What is the topic of the proposed study? What questions will be addressed?
  • Why is this topic important and why does it interest the applicants? A full survey of the literature is not expected to be offered, but if possible, do indicate how the research will differ from research that has already been done.
  • What methodology do the applicants propose to use in the research?

The proposal can be written in English or Chinese. Providing an English abstract will be appreciated if the proposal is in Chinese. The length of the proposal should be between 5 to 8 pages.

  • Your CV (optional)

Address of Gender Studies Programme:  
Room 250, Sino Building, Chung Chi College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong.



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